White House Pushes Back at Times Immigration Report: 'Outrageous'

The nationalist approach to immigration is in part thanks to Stephen Miller who has made restricting the flow of immigrants and refugees to the U.S. his main priority since joining the Trump team

NYT: Trump Said in June Haitians 'All Have AIDS,' Nigerians Live in 'Huts'

The report said Trump held a meeting in the Oval Office to discuss the number of foreigners that had entered the United States since January.

According to the Times report, Kelly and Miller became frustrated with Tillerson, blaming the secretary of state for the flow of people from overseas. The unstable and deriding comments about migrants ascribed to the president were sourced to a couple of anonymous authorities, one who the Times said was available in the gathering, and another who was informed about the remarks by a moment participant.

President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive action in the Oval Office at the White House, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 in Washington.

Learning that 2,500 Afghanis had entered the United States since his inauguration day, Trump referred to the country as a terrorist haven.

Not much, going by a special report yesterday by the authoritative New York Times on the style of the American leader.

And the 40,000 from Nigeria would find the USA so appealing, they would never "go back to their huts" in Africa, the president said, according to the paper, which cited officials who were at the meeting or learned about it shortly afterward.

The Times said its report was the product of more than three dozen interviews.

After that, The Times reports, Kelly, Tillerson, and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller got into an argument.

Trump was specifically angered that thousands of foreigners had obtained visas during the first year of his presidency, even though he promised campaign supporters he would curtail immigration.

He also had unkind words for Haitians who had sent 15,000 people. Tillerson responded by throwing up his arms in frustration and arguing that if he was so bad at his job, maybe he should stop issuing visas altogether, according to The Times.

"Kelly, General (H.R.) McMaster, Secretary (Rex) Tillerson, Secretary (Kirstjen) Nielsen, and all other senior staff actually in the meeting deny these outrageous claims and it's both sad and telling The New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous sources anyway", Sanders told CBS News.

The White House insisted to The Times that the president did not use the words "AIDS" or "huts" in the meeting.

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